As I was watching them attempt to adjust their behavior, I was reminded of my great gift of salvation. My heart praised that behavior control was NOT a requirement. "For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God, not of works lest anyone should boast." Eph 1:8-9 Just think about it...could you ever be "good" enough to receive God's gift? How much "good" is enough. Even if you kept the outward appearance of the 10 commandments, what about your heart?
These children were modifying their behavior not because they wanted to please me but because they wanted a reward. I thought about this and wondered about my heart as well. Is it set to please my Savior? To please the ONE who gave up His life for me. Scripture teaches God is a rewarder. He rewards only one thing-our FAITH in Christ.
But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
Lay your works aside and seek to please the Savior by surrender your will and behavior to His Lordship.